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October, 2021

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TOWNSHIP NEWS

Meet the New Assistant Township Manager – Chris Bashore

Chris is no stranger to municipal government roles. Formerly the Malvern Borough Manager, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Villanova University. He brings 13 years of municipal experience to West Goshen Township across a breadth of disciplines including budgeting, land use and stormwater/sanitary issues. 

Being the Borough Manager of Malvern Borough for five and a half years he oversaw whole departments and worked closely with Borough Council and elected officials. Working in small municipalities his entire career, Chris was exposed to many different aspects of government.

“This role is not too different in terms of being involved in municipal management, but it is on a much bigger scale.” Chris states.  “I am looking forward to the new challenges this role brings with it.”

Chris is very excited to have the opportunity to engage with the community of West Goshen and work in a larger governmental organization. “The township is extremely active and there are things that I can get involved in and help with,” he states.

Learn more here. 

Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes:

October 5, 2021 Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting
  • The Board of Supervisors approved a Conditional Use for a vehicle repair facility at 115 S. Bolmar Street
  • The Board of Supervisors held a Conditional Use Hearing for Franklin BioScience at 1221 West Chester Pike
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed 2022 Capital Projects and other expenditures
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed the 2022 Waste & Recycling Fund Budget
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed 2022 contributions to Goshen Fire Company, West Chester Fire Department and Good Fellowship Ambulanc
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed a draft amendment to Chapter 31, Burning
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed a draft amendment to Chapter 84-57.10, Educational Uses
  • The Board of Supervisors discussed miscellaneous Township Code amendments for "chickens" and "personal services"
October 19, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • Victoria Dow of the West Chester Public Library provided the library's annual report to the Board of Supervisors
  • The Board of Supervisors approved a Final Subdivision Plan for Phase 3 of The Woodlands at Greystone for RLD Greystone, LLC
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Ordinance No. 13-2021, Burning
  • The Board of Supervisors approved to advertise with intent to adopt an Ordinance regarding "personal services," "chickens" and "educational uses"
  • The Board of Supervisors approved the 2021 Pension Plan State Aid allocation and payment
  • The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 17-2021, Small Wireless Facilities
  • The Board of Supervisors approved a Conditional Use Order for Franklin BioScience at 1221 West Chester Pike

Boot Road Re-Striping Project


A project to improve traffic congestion on Boot Road between Rt. 202 and Wilson Drive is complete.  In a cooperative effort between West Goshen Township and East Goshen Township, the project included repaving and re-striping of Boot Road and installation of left-turn traffic signal arrows on northbound and southbound Greenhill Road at Boot Road.
The 2021 dates for Saturday yard waste and leaf pickups are as follows:

Fall Leaf Collection
  • November 13th
  • December 4th
  • December 18th

Leaves should be placed in biodegradable paper bags or trash cans. Small twigs or branches may be placed in a biodegradable paper bag or tied in bundles. Bags are not available through West Goshen Township, but may be purchased at home improvement stores. There is no limit to the number of bags or cans that will be collected. Leaves may not be burned, raked into streets, or deposited onto stream beds. Click here to learn more. 

They majority of trash carts are from 2008 and many are in need of ongoing repair, they have reached their life span. 

Please remember that plastic store bags and any thin plastic (wrap around water bottle cases, produce bags, etc.) should be recycled at the grocery store in the plastic bag collection boxes. Plastic wrap is generally dirty so it should go in the trash. For a list of allowable recyclable items please visit the website here: https://pa-westgoshentownship.civicplus.com/239/Bulk-Trash-Recycling
Avoid mailbox mishaps  - Be sure to correctly install your curbside mailbox to avoid plow or mail truck damage. It should be placed 6-8" from the end of the curb and 41-45" high. For sturdiness it should be dug 24" into the ground.  See the diagram above for proper placement. 
Read More Here

Street Tree Ordinance Reminder

Please remember to clear overhanging tree limbs near streets and do not plant trees less than 3 feet from the roadway. We have some areas of the township where the trees have grown out into the roadway and are an obstruction to our plow trucks in the winter.

In order to clear the snow to the curb our trucks have to run right along the curb line and low hanging trees, especially weighted down with snow and ice will damage the truck. 

The township will be taking delivery of a new street sweeper this September, depending on supply issues. That truck drive along the curb lines of the township to keep the streets clean. It will be subject to damage from the trees as well.

Read the Township Street Tree Code HERE

Veterans Day is November 11th. West Goshen Township thanks all our brave men and women who served our country and remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us.

Street Sweeping

West Goshen recently took delivery of a new street sweeper. This is a new piece of equipment and service for West Goshen Township. The sweeper will help with the growing concerns about stormwater quality.  It will help keep our local streams and creeks clean which ultimately helps our oceans. The sweeper will be making its way around the 200 lane miles of the township as weather permits. When you see the sweeper in your travels around town please be careful when you pass it.  

Please remember you can help keep the waterways clean by not blowing yard debris into the street and cleanup any spills while working on your car at home.  Learn more here.

Park and Recreation

West Goshen Township Harvest Festival


Harvest Festival Returns 

West Goshen Township’s Harvest Festival returns after a two-year absence on Sunday, October 24th between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.  Visitors can take a ride in the haycart to the pumpkin patch where children can pick a pumpkin to bring home.  Adults and children can guess the weight of West Goshen’s largest pumpkin and win prizes.  Families can bring their old clothes and make scarecrows for the scarecrow contest.  Members of Makin’ Music will keep everyone entertained with a performance.  And kids can play on the giant slide, obstacle course, and moonbounce.  Best of all, you won’t have to miss the Eagles game.  The Harvest Festival is family-friendly for all ages—You do not have to worry about anyone getting scared until you go home and watch the Eagles play!

All of the afternoon’s activities are FREE OF CHARGE.  Participants MUST resident in West Goshen Township.  Advance registration is requested. Click here to register.

Space Still Available for Holiday Bus Trips

Space is still available for the following December bus trips:

Sunday, December 5th:  Annapolis
Saturday, December 11th:  New York City
Monday, December 13th:  Radio City Music Hall

Click here for a flier with information, bus trip policies, and registration forms for these bus trips, or visit www.westgoshen.org.  Information is also available by contacting Park and Recreation Director Ken Lehr at 610-696-5266, ext. 4104 or via email at klehr@westgoshen.org.

POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Traffic Reminders

PA Title 75 section 3323 Stop signs and YIELD SIGNS
(c) Duties at yield signs.--The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall in obedience to the sign slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop, shall stop before entering a crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering. If a driver is involved in a collision with a vehicle in the intersection or junction of roadways after driving past a yield sign, the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of failure of the driver to yield the right-of-way.


§ 3310. Following too closely.

(a) General rule.--The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of the vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.

Trunk or Treat Thank You

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Trunk or Treat event with the Learning Experience. Congratulations to the Pinto Family for their first-place finish with the awesome Ghostbusters/Ecto 1 display! Great job everyone! See you next year!

FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS

Halloween Safety Tips:

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-olanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-olanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Learn more here.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

See these government sites for additional COVID-19 information: 

WEST GOSHEN IN THE NEWS

The West Goshen Police Department was mentioned in the Daily Local for a possible new purchase of a Tesla. During recent budget discussions, the board of supervisors considered buying West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll a Tesla to motor to and from his home in the township and as an administration vehicle. Carroll said in a phone conversation that township administration would test the car and decide whether Tesla’s are suitable for patrol use. Learn more here.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Chester County Veterans Event

Please see pictures below from the successful Veterans' Event held at the West Goshen Township Building on October 7, 2021.  35 Veterans from the community came to this event sponsored by the Chester County Recorder of Deeds Office to register their discharge papers, DD-214, and to receive a photo ID good for discounts from over 100 vendors.  There were also representatives from the Veterans' Administration, and the offices of US Representative Chrissy Houlahan and PA State Senator John Kane to help with any Veterans' issues. Thank you to all who organized this event!
Good Fellowship Ambulance 2022 Subscription Drive Underway

Lifesaving emergency medical transport can put a stress on your family’s finances, but with a subscription to Good Fellowship Ambulance, subscribers have NO out-of-pocket expenses if treated and/or transported by us - so you can focus on recovery, not finances. Subscribe today!
The men and women of Good Fellowship Ambulance respond in a moment’s notice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure you and your loved ones receive emergency care. Good Fellowship helps over 6,000 people each year, providing basic, intermediate and advanced life support services. Your subscription saves you the out-of-pocket expenses and helps support the mission of Good Fellowship: To provide emergency medical services to anyone in need in our greater West Chester service area.
 
Check your mailboxes for our subscription letter or subscribe online today here.

WEST GOSHEN PET OF THE MONTH:  Bodhi

Bodhi is an almost 1 year old adorable Siamese cat with a ton of personality and a voice to match. He eats everything in sight, whether it’s cat food or human food, and he’s particularly fond of popcorn. He’s super affectionate and very feisty all at once. He’s brought a ton of joy into his owners’ lives.

Submit your favorite pet to be featured as West Goshen Township's "Pet of the Month". Your pet will be featured in the monthly eNews and on the township's social media sites!

CLICK HERE to submit your pet! 

Roonie Says....Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn’t have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.

  • Stash the treats. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. 
  • Watch the decorations and keep wires out of reach. While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire.
  • Be careful with costumes. For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
  • Keep pets calm and easily identifiable. Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification

Learn more here.

At The West Chester Public Library 

Halloween Family Trivia Night
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Let's get into the Halloween SPIRIT with a round of Halloween trivia fit for the whole family!

You will need two devices: one to answer the questions via the Kahoot app, and another to see the questions on Zoom!

 

Geared toward ages 5+, and/or families. Register here.

Trick or Treat at the Library
Saturday, October 30

WCPL staff will be handing out candy to trick or treaters who come to the Children's Desk dressed in their costumes! Allergy free candy options will be available.

Learn more here.
 
Visit our website for more program information and access to our Events Calendar.

Public Township Meetings


Please note, all meetings/events are subject to cancellation or postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please see the township calendar for the latest updates.
A short list of tentative upcoming meetings is below:
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting- October 26 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- October 28 at 7:00 pm
  • Sewer Authority Meeting- November 3 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Workshop- November 8 at 6:00 pm
  • Township Planning Commission Meeting- November 9 at 7:00 pm
  • Board of Supervisors Meeting- November 16 at 7:00 pm
  • Park and Recreation Board Meeting- November 17 at 7:00 pm
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee- November 23 at 6:00 pm
  • Historical Commission Meeting- November 25 at 7:00 pm
West Goshen Township Information
Board of Supervisors
6 year elected term
Shaun Walsh, Chair
Ashley Gagné, Vice-Chair
John Hellmann, Member
Hugh J. Purnell, Jr., Member
Robin Stuntebeck, Member

Administration
Casey LaLonde, Township Manager
Chris Bashore, Assitant Township Manager
Christine J. Riffey, Finance Director
J. David Woodward, Public Works Director
Richard J. Craig, Township Engineer
Mark Bertolami, Streets Superintendent
Dorine A. McClune, Parks Superintendent

Park and Recreation Board
Robert M. Cifone, Chair
Gerald L. Napiecek, Vice-Chair
Edward T. Smith, Secretary
Eunice Alexander, Kenneth W. Lehr, Dorine A. McClune, Michael A. Pillagalli, Nancy Pine, Allison Cifone, Mary Lou Enoches, Alternate , Michael McKinley, Alternate

Planning Commission
Vito Genua, Chair
Carrie Martin, Vice-Chair
Jeffrey S. Lieberman, Carrie Martin, John Mattia, Dr. Douglas White, DMD, John T. Wildrick, R. Douglas Stewart, Corey Wegerbauer, Alessandra O’Reilly Bellwoar

Sustainability Advisory Committee
Melanie Vile, Chair
Henry Alexander, Vice-Chair
Dorothy Verdon, Secretary
Natalie Caruso, Susan Charkes, Cynthia Sheik, Tinamarie Smith
Ashley Gagné, Board Liaison


Zoning Hearing Board
Joseph DeFelippes, Chair
Scott T. Cullinan, Vice-Chair
Shannon Royer, Member, Alternate, Salvatore Triolo, Alternate


Auditors
Cynthia Sheikh, Member
Carter Membrino, Secretary
Len Iacono, Member


Tax Collector
William R. Keenan

 
West Goshen Police
1025 Paoli Pike, W.C., 19380
Police 911 or 610.696.7400 | Fax 610.696.3935
Email: police@westgoshen.org
Michael P. Carroll, Chief of Police

Wastewater Treatment Plant
848 S. Concord Rd., W.C., 19382
610.696.0900 | Fax 610.429.9360
Michael Moffa, Wastewater Superintendent


Sewer Authority
Theodore J. Murphy, Chair
Tinamarie Smith, Vice-Chair
Shaun Walsh, Secretary, 
Walt Wills, Treasurer,
Philip J. Corvo, Jr., Member


Pension Committee
David B. Brune, Robert Holland, Hugh J. Purnell, Bob Sheller, Walker Tompkins, Angelo Savelloni


Historic Commission
Kevin Pistiner, Chair
Michael Pillagalli, Vice Chair
Kent Smith, Treasurer
Nancy McCabe, Secretary
Richard Davis, Elizabeth Dean, Norman Pine, Keith Smith, Edward Tiernan,  
Dr. Douglas White, DMD


The Friends of West Goshen Park, Inc
Non-profit group assisting the Park and Recreation Board; meets bimonthly
John Herley, President
Larue Morgan, Vice-President
Susan Batten, Secretary
Maria Janoski, Treasurer
Gerald L. Napiecek, Peggy Niemeyer,
Sallie Yoder

Township Parks
Barker Park: Falcon Lane by Westtown Way
Coopersmith Park: Spring Lane, off West Chester Pike
Lambert Park: 1145 Pottstown Pike
West Goshen Community Park: Fern Hill & North Five Points Roads
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